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North Alabama Women of Distinction

HUNTSVILLE, AL. – May 18, 2017 – Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama held its annual Women of Distinction Awards on Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Jackson Center in Huntsville. This dinner recognized outstanding women representing North Alabama. Our new Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, presented the opening remarks.

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The Women of Distinction Awards program is the premier event for Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. First celebrated in 1976, each awards program honors local women who have made significant contributions in their professions and communities. 

Proceeds from the Women of Distinction events directly support the Girl Scouts' mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and your financial support will be used to keep Girl Scouting strong throughout North-Central Alabama. 

The 2017 North Alabama Women of Distinction Honorees are: 

Dr. Dorothy S. Davidson
Davidson Technologies Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Christine Richard Lifetime Achievement Award 

Lifetime Achievement Awards honor the memory of beloved civic leaders whose contributions had far-reaching impact in their communities. These awards are given annually to women who have prior affiliations with Girl Scouting and have made lifelong contributions to their communities by distinguishing herself through professional, community or humanitarian efforts. 

Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Veteran of Distinction

Tamara Statham
Jacobs Technology Guidance
Navigation & Control Systems Engineer
Young Woman of Distinction

Ivy Downs Albert
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild
Immediate Past President
Woman of Distinction 

Dr. Eleanor (Jo) Cook
Cook’s Pest Control, Inc.
Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus
Woman of Distinction 

Hon. Sybil Cleveland
City of Huntsville Municipal Judge
Woman of Distinction 

Kay Pike Eastin
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild
Community Volunteer
Woman of Distinction 

Janice L. (Jan) Hess
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated Segment President
Engineered Systems President
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Woman of Distinction

Nancy Washington Vaughn, Esq., SHRM-CP, PHR
Legal Advantage Human Resources
Solutions Attorney & Certified Human Resources Professional
Woman of Distinction

Gloria Williams
Freedom Insurance Agency Owner 
Woman of Distinction

Dr. Kristen S. (Kris) Williams
The Boeing Company
Materials Engineer
Woman of Distinction

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama 

We're over 13,000 strong—9,500 girls and 3,800 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. 

Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or call 800-734-4541.